Creating Your Own Search Provider in Internet Explorer

For me, this is possibly one of the most overlooked, but invaluable, features of Internet Explorer 7 and 8.  I actually only discovered it a few days ago, but I now use it pretty much daily. First introduced with Internet Explorer 7, the Instant Search box in the top right-hand corner of the browser allows…

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It seems that getting stronger wood than Superman has never been easier…

It always amazes me the sheer levels of SPAM emails that are sent (and I have the misfortune to receive), but thankfully Outlook 2007 does a pretty good job of filtering them all out for me so that all I need to do is just empty the Junk E-Mail folder in my Inbox every now…


Laptop Hunters and Apple

I have to confess that I never got to see any of the advertisements that Microsoft has been running (I saw a couple on YouTube out of curiosity, but never on TV) where they give something like $1500 to a person and tell them to buy the best computer that they can with that money. …


Quicker Access to Windows 7 Virtual PC settings

To edit the settings of a virtual computer using Virtual PC in Windows 7 requires the opening of the Virtual PC console, selecting the virtual machine you wish to edit, and then pressing the ‘Settings’ button, as shown in the screenshot below.   In order to reduce the number of required steps to do this…

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Saving The World, Printer Ink First

Saving something seems to to be the big thing in I.T. at moment, which is never a bad thing.  The current big thing is the Green Computing initiatives, particularly with the prominence now of virtual computing and power saving features in new operating systems (hint, hint: Windows Vista and Windows 7).  Another very common one…


PowerShell Script ExecutionPolicy

Seeing as PowerShell is included by default in Windows 7, and also because you get the PowerShell icon on your quick launch bar by default, I try to use that over the de rigueur cmd.exe command interpreter that we have all had since the dawn of time.  Although, without thinking, I still often run cmd.exe…


He-Man on YouTube

This has absolutely nothing to do with IT, nor Microsoft, but I thought I’d post it anyway seeing as today is Friday :-)    Some people have too much time on their hands!  It’s an extremely funny video (for me, anyway!), especially from 3:00 minutes and onwards.   He-Man used to be my favourite TV program…


Application Installs, be gone!

As a follow up to my earlier post about modularising my computer, I wanted to add a couple of points which I either missed out, or did not explain so well :-S The first, which is a common question, is how to install Windows 7 into a VHD file without having to first install Window…

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Green IT (with a difference)

My rotund brother (not Mr Anti-Microsoft, another one) works in IT at a bank in the City of London and took this photo of what a trader had done to the keyboards on his desk.  Apparently he wanted to have a bit more greenery around him to brighten up his life (can’t be making too…


IKEA-fying my computer

I have had this blog post in the pipeline for a while now, but I have been waiting until all the pieces fell into place, to make it something actually worthwhile to read!  Be warned though, this is a rather long blog post – but please stay awake! Having access to earlier builds of Microsoft…

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